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Leonid Bershidsky

Ignorance Fuels Europe's Anti-Immigration Victories

Countries with strong anti-immigrant parties aren't the ones with the most immigrants.
Goodbye, and best of luck with that coalition.

Goodbye, and best of luck with that coalition.

Photographer: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Yet another anti-immigration party has performed unexpectedly well in a European parliamentary election. Official election results today show that the Danish People's Party is now the second-biggest in the country, capturing 37 seats in parliament, the most it has ever won. It will soon be the junior partner in a center-right ruling coalition, now that Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has stepped down.

It's certainly part of a trend, and it's easy to assume a connection with the growing influx of immigrants to the wealthier European nations and the worsening global refugee crisis